The FAF 2015 American Heroes Gala at Chelsea Piers

On Thursday, May 28, The Fresh Air Fund held it’s annual “Salute to American Heroes” benefit at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. Carla Hall, co-host of The Chew, hosted the evening and honored New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Actress Anna Chlumsky, and Designer Zac Posen.

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The benefit dinner drew 700 guests from the corporate, fashion, entertainment and sports industries, including Andrea Navedo, Victor Cruz, Tiki Barber, BANKS, Alejandro Ingelmo, Elsa Hosk, Tanya Taylor, Solveig Mork Hansen, June Ambrose, Jay Manuel, Joe Zee, Rob Younkers, Misty Copeland, Carmen Ejogo, Grace Bol, and Jasmine Lobe.

The FAF 2015 American Heroes Gala at Chelsea Piers The FAF 2015 American Heroes Gala at Chelsea Piers

The event chairs were Derrick & Donna Cephas and Chip & Jennifer Weiss. The Dinner Committee included: June Ambrose, Blavatnik Family, Victor Cruz & Elaina Watley, Barbara & Dan Kaplan, William P. Lauder, Susan & Donald Newhouse, Betsy & Paul Shiverick, Kimberly E. Steward, and Jeff & Caryn Zucker.

The FAF 2015 American Heroes Gala at Chelsea Piers The FAF 2015 American Heroes Gala at Chelsea Piers

Our generous donors and benefactors helped us to raise over $1.25 million dollars.

Join The Fresh Air Fund in its 139th summer of providing free summer experiences to New York City children! For more information on how you can help give a New York City child the gift of fresh air, please visit www.freshair.org or call 800-367-0003.

The FAF 2015 American Heroes Gala at Chelsea Piers

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Close to 9,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund experiences annually. Each summer, nearly 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Close to 2,000 young people participate in year-round educational programs at camp and in New York City.

Photos via Fresh Air Fund by Jerry Speier and Kate Hess